The ABCs of Keeping a Handwritten Journal

The ABCs of Keeping a Handwritten Journal

A light-hearted look at the ABCs of journal writing

Attitude adjustment

Balm for burdensome bothers

Clarify, communicate, confront, claim, and control

Develop a dear disposition

Energize through enthusiasm and excitement

Ferment a flurry of feelings

Germinate great gerunds

Hasten health and hope

Inject inclinations, impressions and ideas

Jot judicious junk

Knowledge keeper

Learn levelheadedness

Muse, meditate and mull

Notice, notify and nurture

Opinions, occasions and origins

Purposeful and pouty

Questions and quick queries

Relevant references and relations

Scintillating, sprightly and smart stuff

Tough and tender

Ultimate unit

Verbification verifier and visualizer

Wonderfully wacky words

Xenocrysts and xenophobes “x”cluded (so I cheated)

Yaps, yelps and yammers

Zany zips and zings

Try this:

Write your own ABCs of journal writing. Have fun!


As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.


  1. Anger management
    Baby moments
    Crazy drivers
    Enough of crap
    Happy things
    I [meaning ME]
    Junk – in the mind, in the garage
    Loving out loud
    Nursing home
    Politics at work
    Toxic people
    Vision boarding
    Y ???
    Zzzz’s – tracking sleep or lack thereof

  2. Quite well done, Sarah! ;)


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